Extinction Studies (edited collection)

We have now finalised the manuscript for our forthcoming edited collection, Extinction Studies: Stories of Time, Death and Generations (to be published by Columbia University Press, available in May 2017). More information on the collection is available on the Edited Collections page of my website. The collection has already received glowing endorsements from several fantastic…

On Ferals

This blog post is the text of a discussant paper that I was delighted to deliver at the 2015 meeting of the American Anthropological Association in a panel called Gaia Strikes Back: Feral Landscapes of the Anthropocene. The piece responds to four fantastic, provocative, papers (listed below). It was a pleasure to have the opportunity…

Ethics in the Field: How far should we go to bring back lost species?

Translocation, captive breeding, somatic cell nuclear transfer (cloning), back-breeding, gene and seed banking—the list goes on. Today, there are a whole range of different technologies and techniques aimed at holding on to, or even resurrecting, species that might already be thought of as “lost” in some significant sense. My inclination is not to definitively rule…